STATEMENT: Experts, Research Available For Election Day Analysis

Release Date: 
November 6, 2006

New York, NY — Demos, a national public policy and research center, is making available to the media a wide array of research and experts for news reports on issues central to Election 2006 — from challenges facing voters and the mechanical problems of the election process, to the issues driving voters' choices at the polls:

Demos' Research and Experts cover topics that include:

* Challenges facing voters on Election Day, such as voter ID, provisional ballots, voter registration database problems, intimidation and suppression efforts, felon disfranchisement laws, poll worker training, partisan election administration, redistricting, voting machines and others. (See the new 2006 Challenges to Fair Elections briefing paper series at archive.demos.orgfor updated stats).
* Economic security issues, such as credit card debt, higher education, challenges facing the middle class, economic concerns of young adults, retirement security, economic challenges faced by Latinos and African American, and others.
* The role of government and the public sector — and addressing mistrust of government. Issues covered include effective tax policy, TABOR, etc.
* Values, ethics and "cheating" in America.

Demos experts have conducted a range of influential research, contributed to national and state-level policy reform efforts, and many are established book authors. Recent works include: Strapped: Why America's 20-and 30-Somethings Can't Get Ahead (by Tamara Draut), The Moral Center (by David Callahan), Momentum: Igniting Change in the Connected Age (by Allison Fine), Jacked (by Nomi Prins), Conned (by Sasha Abramsky) and Stealing Democracy (by Spencer Overton).

Demos' analysts and experts have appeared in a wide variety of print and broadcast media over the years. Below are short bios of some key staff available for interviews (more also at

MILES RAPOPORT is President of Demos and former Secretary of the State of Connecticut. Miles has an extensive record of speaking and writing on issues of democracy, election reform, economic inequality, voter access and voter disfranchisement. He has often been quoted in national magazines, newspapers and wire services, and is a frequent analyst on radio and television, including CNN, Fox News, ABC Radio and others.

TAMARA DRAUT is Director of the Economic Opportunity Program at Demos and author of Strapped: Why America's 20 and 30 Somethings Can't Get Ahead, published by Doubleday in January 2006. Strapped offers a groundbreaking look at the new obstacle course facing young adults — the under 35 crowd — as they try to build careers, buy homes and start families. Tamara's OpEds and expert advice have appeared in many newspapers across the country, including the Wall Street Journal, NY Times, Boston Globe, and others. She frequently appears on TV.

DAVID CALLAHAN has written extensively about American history, business and public policy. He is author of The Moral Center (Harcourt, Sept 2006) and The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans Are Doing Wrong to Get Ahead (Harcourt, Jan. 2004). His five previous books include Kindred Spirits: Harvard Business School's Extraordinary Class of 1949 and How They Transformed American Business (John Wiley/Forbes). David's numerous articles have been published in such places as The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, and The American Prospect. He has also been a frequent commentator on television.

STUART COMSTOCK-GAY serves jointly as Director of Demos' Democracy Program and Executive Director of the National Voting Rights Institute, Demos' formal collaboration partner. Stuart has an extensive record of speaking and writing on issues of democracy, foundation practices and civil liberties.

SPENCER OVERTON is a Demos board member and law professor at George Washington University. He specializes in voting rights, served as a commissioner on the Jimmy Carter-James Baker Commission on Federal Election Reform, and is also a member of the boards of Common Cause, the Center for Responsive Politics and the People's Community Baptist Church. He is a frequent media commentator and has appeared on various shows and networks, including ABC Television, Air America and others.

BRENDA WRIGHT is the Managing Attorney for Demos' partner organization National Voting Rights Institute (NVRI) in Boston, Massachusetts. Before joining NVRI in 1997, Brenda served as Director of the Voting Rights Project at the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Washington, D.C., litigating cases throughout the country to protect the voting rights of citizens of color. She recently argued a campaign finance case in front of SCOTUS.

DIANNE STEWART is Director of Public Works, guiding Demos' efforts to restore the essential role of government in achieving public purposes. Dianne has 20 years of experience inside state government, in the private sector and in a state-level policy NGO working on issues of governance, particularly as they affect low-income families.

Demos has a full list of experts, and research available for download, at Staff are variably available by phone, in studio, or in-person interviews.